Through the first few months of the year, the headlines were dominated by highly-anticipated titles being delayed, including Dying Light 2, Marvel’s Avengers, Cyberpunk 2077, Iron Man VR, and Final Fantasy VII Remake.
While we some top games still came out, like Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX, Call of Duty: Warzone, the expansion of Ark: Genesis, and now Final Fantasy VII Remake, early 2020 has been rather sparse compared to what was expected.
Now, due to the coronavirus shutting down nations around the world, more delays and cancellations have occurred, from the reveals of the new Batman and Harry Potter games at E3 to two highly-anticipated games from Sony.
The two delays were all-but-inevitable with physical distribution still being key to game sales, and yet one of the earliest affected launches will soon be on the shelves.
The Outer Worlds’ Switch release date revealed
One of the earliest big-name developers to come out and say that the coronavirus will be disrupting its plans was Obsidian Entertainment, due to the Virtuos offices in Singapore needing to close.
After a delay from its release on the Xbox One, PC, and the PlayStation 4, The Outer Worlds was penned to hit the Nintendo eShop on 6 March 2020 as a digital-only release.
At the time of the disruption, however, publishers Private Division did detail their u-turn on the digital-only release, stating that a physical copy would come out.
Now, Private Division has revealed that The Outer Worlds will finally be coming to the Nintendo Switch on 5 June 2020. This date comes a few days after the Death Stranding on PC release and a few weeks before the Ghost of Tsushima launch.
In any case, in the first week of June, Switch players will finally be able to board The Unreliable, have Spacer’s Choice find their flaws, and dictate the outcome of humanity’s struggles in space.
Sony delays two highly-anticipated PlayStation 4 games
While it looked to be far busier before the early year delays, April was still shaping up to be a good month in gaming.
On 15 May, Iron Man VR would certainly convince those teetering on buying the PlayStation Virtual Reality set into investing in the system.
Then, on 22 May, the shark action-RPG Maneater is to be unleashed onto the world.
Finally, as a very nice bookend to the month, The Last of Us Part II was to follow up on one of the most highly-rated games ever made on 29 May.
Now, both Iron Man VR and The Last of Us Part II have been delayed indefinitely.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Sony hasn’t stated a new release window for either game, citing logistical problems that have been caused by the current global crisis.
There’s nothing that can be done to prevent these delays with the coronavirus still causing lockdowns around the world.
For such colossal releases, companies could stand to lose a great deal of revenue by not releasing the title around the world in the same window or its physical form.
So, delays such as these were to be expected, and more are likely on the way.